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What test is used to diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: A few

A simple, but effective way is to measure blood pressure in both arms and at least one leg.
We now most commonly first check with an echocardiogram. Depending on the quality of those images, a ct or MRI may help. But again, good old fashioned blood pressure is the best way to start.

In brief: A few

A simple, but effective way is to measure blood pressure in both arms and at least one leg.
We now most commonly first check with an echocardiogram. Depending on the quality of those images, a ct or MRI may help. But again, good old fashioned blood pressure is the best way to start.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Mark Milunski
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Coarctation aorta

A specialized ct scan of the chest called a ct angiogram or a specialized MRI scan called in mr angiogram can be used to diagnose this condition.

In brief: Coarctation aorta

A specialized ct scan of the chest called a ct angiogram or a specialized MRI scan called in mr angiogram can be used to diagnose this condition.
Dr. Mark Milunski
Dr. Mark Milunski
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: At the bedside

In coarctation, there is a normal, easily palpable pulse in the right arm/wrist, and none or greatly diminished pulse and BP in the left arm, wrist and both legs.
It's pretty easy to diagnose right at the "bedside". A ct with contrast or mra can confirm it. A plain chest xray will classically show rib notching.

In brief: At the bedside

In coarctation, there is a normal, easily palpable pulse in the right arm/wrist, and none or greatly diminished pulse and BP in the left arm, wrist and both legs.
It's pretty easy to diagnose right at the "bedside". A ct with contrast or mra can confirm it. A plain chest xray will classically show rib notching.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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